We have been eagerly planning our 114th Show to be held at the Foster Showgrounds on Saturday the 26th February! It's so exciting to be back after being unable to host a "normal" show in 2021 and we hope we can offer our community a wonderful day out.
Whilst we would like the show to run as close to usual as possible, there will be some changes in 2022. COVID safety is a priority for our organising committee and as such we will be guided by government recommendations with regards to event safety. Check-in will be required upon entry to the showgrounds and proof of vaccination is a requirement for attendance at this event. We will provide hand sanitiser around the grounds and offer EFTPOS payment at the gates to minimise cash handling. COVID marshals will be around the grounds to promote social distancing and encourage good hygiene.
Unfortunately the basketball stadium renovations won't be complete in time for us to use it as part of the usual show exhibition space. However, we are extremely fortunate to have a marquee as a new show feature and additional exhibition space in 2022. There will some changes to the printed schedule, notably the photography section which will now be a digital entry/exhibition instead of in print. Floral art will be displayed in the exhibit shed and children's competitions will predominate in the exhibit shed instead of in the stadium.
COVID Safe measures will be in place and are expected to be respected by exhibitors and show patrons:
- proof of vaccination must be presented to allow entry
- all entrants to the grounds must sign in either using the QR code or via the printed sign in sheet
- EFTPOS facilities will be offered at the entry gates to reduce cash handling
- COVID marshals will be roaming the grounds on show day to promote our COVID-Safe measures. Failure to respect them may result in removal from the grounds
- Hand sanitiser will be available around the grounds. Disposable masks will be available if you have left yours at home.
- Avoid crowding and attempt to maintain physical distance between yourself and other show goers
Thanks to the generous support of the Toora & District and Foster Branch Community Bank we're thrilled to showcase the action of the woodchop again in 2022! The Golden Brick Road challenge for kids will run again this year with 250 free showbags up for grabs for participating children. Crowd pleasers such as the dog high jump and sheep dog trial will of course be on display for all to enjoy. The exhibit shed will be open to display the craft, cooking and gardening talents of locals, young and old.
We look forward to offering some new additions to showgoers in 2022 including a sheep exhibition which will feature sheep producers from near and far and a wool and shearing display. Agriculture is a passion of ours and as such we are pleased to introduce the "Leaders in Agriculture" seminar program to showday - a series of presentations from local producers offering insight into their farming/agricultural ventures. We hope the Young Farmers Challenge will be a fun way for locals to get involved in showday, participating in a relay of "farm" themed challenges.
Of course the best way for you to work out what your show favourite is, be it new or old, is to mark Saturday 26th February on your calendar and come along for a great day out.
The Foster Show is a celebration of agriculture, the foundation of many families and businesses in South Gippsland. We're proud to offer an event true to what country shows started as - a showcase of the best stock, produce and crafts in the district and the opportunity for locals to catch up with old mates and check out what's new in farming and their community.
Regardless of age, gender or background, there's something for everyone at the Foster Show. After the kids have checked out their winnings in the pavilion competitions there's plenty of free entertainment on offer including Bricks 4 Kidz and face painting; the pet parade and; the animal nursery so they can get up close and personal with their favourite furry friends. The adults get a chance to get away from the house or work for the day, catch up with friends, compare downfalls and successes of the last year and check out what local businesses have to offer. Whilst the oldies are their to steal the show in the pavilion with their second to none preserves and knitting, they also get the opportunity to reminisce on their days on the farm or riding their pony to school as they stroll down the Avenue of Agriculture.
If that hasn't sold it for you, spending the day at the Foster Show is simply a great way to show your support of agriculture in Australia and your local community. The people of Foster have loved their show for over 100 years and they're excited to share it with you!
Travel east on the South Gippsland Hwy towards Yarram. Turn right towards the township of Foster. Turn left at the main intersection (Station Rd). The Showgrounds are located on the left before the South Gippsland Hospital.
Travel west on the South Gippsland Hwy towards Melbourne. Turn left towards the township of Foster. Turn left at the main intersection (Station Rd). The Showgrounds are located on the left before the South Gippsland Hospital.
Whilst a car is by far the best way to explore South Gippsland, the VLine Bus travels between Foster and Melbourne a few times each day.
(2 adults & 3 children under 16y)
(16yrs and over)
(must produce student, health care or pension card)
(less than 16yr old)
Dogs allowed on leads